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PRAYING HYDE 



Glimpses of the amazing prayer- 
life of a missionary in India 
whose intercession "changed 
things" for the Sialkot Revival 



FRANCIS A. McGAW 



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ACKNOWLEDGMENT 




The undersigiietl is grateful for tlie pri- 




vilege of Ijeing, not the author of this 




sketch, but the compiler of material that 




others have so j^enerously furnished. 




Among those who have helped, in this way 




and by prayer, are : the Rev. R. McCheyne 




Patersoii, Sialkot. Punjab, India ; the Rev. 




W. B. Anderson, United Presbyterian 




Board, Philadelphia, Pa.; Ifr. F. Kehl, 




240 Lower Circular Road, Calcutta. In- 


CoPYRlCMT, 1923, BV 


dia ; the Rev, J, Pengwcrn Jonts, Maulvi 


The SuiTDAY School Times Company 


Bazaar. South Sylliet, India ; the Rev. E. 
M. Wherry, Lodiana, India: Miss C. B. 




Herron. Apostolic Faith Mission, Saha- 




ranpiir. India; the Rev. Albert G. McGaw, 




Ftah, India ; Dr. Robert E. Speer and the 




Rev. H, C. Velte, Presbyterian Board of 




Foreign Missions. New York City ; Mrs, 




Mary Hyde Hall, Jacksomdlle. 111. ; Mrs, 




Gratia Hyde Bone. Prairie City, 111. ; Miss 




Martha Gray, Wansaw, 111,; Mr. Robert 


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E. Esterly. Minneapolis, Minn.; Mrs. J. 


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1 larvey Borton. Moorestowu, N. J.; Mrs. 




Edwin B. YouJig, Wayne, Neb. 




Will readers unite in prayer that revival 




fires may. by the torch of thiii little lx)ok, 




be kindled in needy fields all oyer this 


Printed in the Uhiteh States of America 


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FuA^jcrs A. McGaw. 




Akron, Ohio. 





CHRONOLOGY 


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Graduated from McOjnnick Seiniiiiiry 1892 




Sent to India by tlic Prcsljyteriau Board 1892 




Came home on first fiirioiigli I9"i 




Witnessing in power at the First Sialkot 


Convention ^9^4 




Helped to organize the Ptnijab Prayer 




Union 1904 




Organized Feoszcporif - now iMoga- 




Training School iQ'o 




Last journey to America began Mar. 1911 




Called home to be with the Lord from 




Northampton, Mass , . !■ eh. i -. 1 9 1 i 




Biirfed at Moss Ridge Cemetery, Carth- 




age, 111 Felj. ^0, 1912 




Will be raised up in Glory . . . When 




Jesus Comes Again. 




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PRAYING HYDE 



Christ in the Home 

JESUS said, "To-day I must abide at thy house" 
[Luke 19 ; 5). What a blessed day that was in 
the home of Zacchaeus — Chrijit in the home I 
J ohn Hyde,'^The Appstie of Prayer," as he was often 
called^ was reared in a home where Jesus was an 
abiding guest, and where the dwellers in that hotne 
breathed an atmosphere of prayer. I was well ac- 
quainted with John's father, Smith Harris Hyde, 
D.D., during the seventeen years lie was pastor of 
tiie Presbyterian Church at Carthage, Tlhnois. Dr. 
Herrick Johnson, of Chicago, shortly before he died 
wrote these words : "Hyde's father was of rare 
proportion and balance, a healthful soul, genial and 
virile, firm of convlctitjn, of good scholarly attain- 
ment, of ahu!idaiit cheer and bent on doing for God 
to the best oi his ability." 

Personally i knew him in his home to lie a courte- 
ous, lo\'ing husband, 1 knew him to Iw a firm yet 
sympathetic father, "commanding his household after 
him." f knew the sweet-spirited, gentle, music-lov- 
ing, Christ-like Mrs, Hyde, I knew each one of the 
three boys and three girls who grew up in that home. 
Often I have eaten at their table. Twice T have been 
with the family when the crepe w^s on the door; 



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once when Mrs. Hyde was taken away, and again 
when dear Jolin's body was brought liome and lov- 
ingly laid to rest in Moss Ridge Cemetery. Often 
I have kneeled with them and have, as a young min- 
ister, been strangely moved when dear Dr. Hyde 
poured out his heart to God as he prayed at the 
family altar. 1 knew him in his church and in the 
Fresbyterial meetings. He was a noble man of God. 
Under God. his congregation was built up, and he 
was a leader among his ministerial brethren. I have 
frequently heard Dr. Hyde pray the Lord of the Imr- 
vest to thrust out laborer-^ into his harvest. He 
would pray this prayer both at the family altar and 
from his pulpit. Tt is therefore no strange thing that 
God called two of his sons into tlie Gospel ministry, 
and one of his daughter.^ for a time Into active 
Christian Avork. 

A minister once said in my hearing, "My son will 
never follow me into the ministry. He knows too 
well the treatment a rainiiter receives at the hands of 
the people/' Dr. Hyde magnified his office and re- 
joiced to give his sonft up to a life of hardship and 
trial. Why are there thousands of cliurches in our 
country without pastors to-day? A prominent pas- 
tor recently said to me : "Our denomination is facing 
a tremendous shortage of pastors." Why are the 
millions in the foreign field yet waiting for the hu- 
man voice to proclaim to them the e^^erlasting Gospel 
of the Son of God? 

To-day I read in "Far North hi India" the state- 
ment by a former missionary in India, Dr. W. B. 
Anderson, that a hundred million people in India 
to-day have not heard of Jesus Christ, and as things 
are now have not the remotest chance to hear about 
him. There are other millions in Africa and other 

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countries In the same Christless ignorance. Why Is 
it so? Because prayer closets are deserted, family 
altars are broken down, and pulpit prayers are for- 
mal and dead ! 

Bible schools and seminaries can never supplj- the 
workers needed. My own sainted mother prayed as 
a young girl tliat the doors of the heathen countries 
might be opened. Afterwards as the mother of ten 
children (eii:;ht oi \'.hr>m grew to manhood and 
womanhood ), slu- pr.Lved for laborers to enter these 
open doors, and Gotl aent one of her sons to India 
and two of her daugiiters to China. 

Grandmother Lois and mother Eunice prayed, and 
when the Great Apostle to the Gentiles was about to 
take his departure he could lay his hands on son 
Timothy and commission him to ^'Preach the 
Word!" 

John Hyde was an answer to prayer, and when 
in other years he prayed in Indian, God raised up 
scores of native workers in answer to his prayers. 
The Great Head of the Church has provided one 
method for securuig laborers. He said : 

^'Look on the fields . . . they are white . . . the 
laborers are feu* . . , PRAY!" 



Holy Ground 

In the Tabernacle of Moses there was one room so 
sacred that only one man of all the thousands of Is- 
rael was ever permitted to enter it ; and he on one day 
only of all the three hundred and sixty-five days of 
the year. That room was the Holy of Holies. The 
place where John Hyde met God w'as holy ground. 
The scenes of his life are too sacred for common 
eyes, I shrink from placing them before the public. 



[ remember Jacoli at the Brook, Elijah on 
Carmel, Paul in his agony for Israel, and especially 
the Dear Man in the Garden, then I am impressed 
by the Spirit o( God that the experiences of this Man 
of God should be published for the learning and 
admonition (God grant) of thousands. So we take 
our stand near the prayer closet of John Hyde, and 
are permitted to hear the sighing and the groaning, 
and to see the tears coursil^g down liis dear face, to 
see his frame weakened by foo<llcss days and sleep- 
less nights, shaken with sobs as he pleads, "0 God, 
give me souls or I die !'' 

Settled 

His deeision to go tn the foreign field came about 
in this way; his oldest brother, Edmund, was in semi- 
narj' preparing to preach, and was also a Student 
Volunteer for the foreign field. During Tacation 
one summer Edmund was engaged in Sunday-school 
mission work in Montana. He contracted the moun- 
tain [ever. The doctor advised his speedy return to 
his home in Illinois ; so with his railroad ticket and 
instructions to the different conductors pinned to the 
lapel of his coat, he started. He became delirious 
before reaching home, btit arrived safely. After a 
few days he passed away. John, who was already 
expecting to preach, was deeply impressed by his 
brother's death. There would be a break in the ranks 
on the foreign field, and he wondered if it were not 
God's win for him to step into the gap. 

The decision was not finally reached till the next 
year, his last in seminary. I..ate one Saturday night 
he went to a classmate's room and asked him for all 
the arguments he could furnish on the question of 



the foreign field. His elassnii^te told liim that it was 
not argument he needed ; what he should do was to 
go to his room, get on lii.-^ knees before God, and stay 
there till the question was settled. The next morn- 
ing at Chapel he said to his classmate, *'ft is settled," 
and his shining face was enough to show which way 
the decision had been made. 



Sailing Day and the Voyage 

The mighty deep, the great rolling waves, the days 
on days of water, water, only water, the feet lifted 
up from of? the dear homeland and not yet planted 
on the new homeland — all these furnish suggestion 
and opportunity for tliougiuful meditation. To our 
John this voyage in the autumn of 1S92 was a time 
of heart-searching and prayer. He received a letter 
to which he afterwards makes reference in an Indian 
publication. He says, '^My father had a friend who 
greatly desired to be a foreign missionary, but was 
not permitted to go. This man w-rote me a letter 
directed in care of the ship. I received it a few 
hours out of Kew York harbor. He urged me to 
seek for the baptism of the Holy Spirit as the great 
qualification for mission work. '\Vhen I had read 
the letter I crumpled it up in anger and threw it on 
the deck. 

Did this friend think that I had not received the 
baptism of the Spirit, or that I would think of going 
to India without this equipment ? I was angry. But 
by and by Iwtter judgment prevailed and I picked up 
the letter and read it again. Possibly I did need 
something wiiich J had not yet received. The result 
was that during the rest of that voyage I gave myself 
mucJi to prayer that 1 might indeed be filled with the 



Spirit and know by an actual exjierience what Jesus 
meant when he said, '*Ye shall receive power, when 
the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be 
my \vitnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea 
and Samaria, and unto the uttemin^t part of tlie 
earth" (Acts i : 8 R. V.). These prayers on ship- 
board were finally answered in a marvelous way. 



First Years in India 

At the first John Hyde was not a remarkable 
missionary. He was slow of speech. When a ques- 
tion or a remark was directed to him he seemed not 
to hear, or it he heard he seemed a long time in fram- 
ing a reply. His hearing was slightly defective and 
this it was feared would hinder him in acquiring the 
language. His disposition was gentle and quiet^ he 
seemed to be lacking in the enthusiasm and zeal 
which a young niissinnary should have. He had 
3 wonderful pair of blue eyes. They seemed to 
searcli Into the very depth of ^-^our inmost lieing, 
and they seemed also to shine out of the soul of 
a prophet. 

On arriving in India, he was assigned the usual 
language study. At first he went to work on this, 
but later neglected it for Bible study. He was rep- 
rimanded by the committee, but he replied : *'First 
things first." He argued that he had come to India 
to teach the Bible, and he needed to know it before 
he could teach it. And God by his Spirit wonder- 
fully opened up the Scriptures to hitn. Kor did he 
neglect language Htu<ly. "He became a correct and 
easy speaker in Urdu, Punjabi, and English; but 
away and above that, he learned the language of 
heaven, and he so learned to speak that he held 



audiences of hundreds of Indians spellbound while 
he opened to them the truths of Ggd's Word." 



The Punjab Prayer-Union 

In every revival there is a divine side and a human 
side. In the Welsh revival the divine element comes 
out proniinendy. Evan Roberts, the leader under 
God, seems in a sense to have l>een a passive agent, 
mightily moved upon in the night sea.son.s by the 
Holy Spirit. There was no organization and very 
little preaching — comparatively little of the human 
clement. The Sialkot revival, while just as certainly 
sent down from heaven, seems not so spontaneous. 
There was. under God, organization; there was a 
certain amount of definite planning, and there were 
staaons of long continued prayer. 

Just here as showing where human agency avails 
I wish to mention the Punjab Prayer- Union. This 
was started about the time (1904), of the first Sial- 
kot Convention, The principles of this union are 
stated in the form, of questions which were signed 
by those iKComing members. 

I, "Are you praying for quickening in your own 
life, in the life of your fellow- workers, and in the 
Church ? 

^' V^r^. ^'°" Jang^inS ^or greater power of the 
Holy Spirit tu your own life and work, and are you 
convinced that yon cannot go on without this power? 

.^ "Will you pray that you may not be ashamed 
of Jesus? 

4. "Do you believe that prayer is the great means 
for securing this spiritual awakening? 

5. "Will you set apart one-half hour each day as 

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soon after noon as possible to pray for this awaken- 
ing, and are you willing to pray liU the awakpning 
comes?" 

John Kyde was associated with tiiis prayer union 
from ils hc^^iniiiiip^ and also had a definite part in the 
Siall^ot t^oin'ention. The niemljers of the prayer 
union lifted up their eyes according to Christ's com- 
mand and saw tht fields, — while to the' lian^est. In 
the Book they read the immutable promises of God. 
They saw the one method o[ obtaining this spiritual 
awakening, even by prayer. They set themselves 
delil>erately. definitely, and desjjerately to use the 
means till they secured the result. The Sialkot re- 
vival was not an accident nor an unsought breeJ:e 
from heaven. Charles G. Finney says : "A revival is 
no more a miracle than a crop of wheat." In any 
community revival can be secured from heaven when 
heroic souls enter the conflict determined to win or 
die — or if neetl be to win and die ! — '*The kingdom 
of heaven snffereth violence, and the violent take 
it by force" (Matt, ii : 12). 



Three Men 

David's mighty men are catalogued in the Scrip- 
tures ; there were the first three, tlien the second 
three, and afterwards the thirty; Jesus had many 
unnamed disciples. He had the Twelve, hut in the 
inner circle nearest to himself were the special three : 
Peter, James and John. Hundreds came to Sialkot 
and helped mightily by prayer and praise. But God 
honored a few men as leaders. This sketch is not 
given to flattery or fulsome praise, hut God's Word 
says, "Honor to whom honor is due," God laid a 
great burden of prayer upon the heart of John N. 



Hyde, R. McCheyne Paterson, and George Turner 
for this wonderful convention. There was need for 
a yearly meeting for Bible study and prayer, where 
the spiritual life of the workers — pastors, teachers, 
and evangelists, both foreign and native, — could be 
deepened. The cburch-hfc in (he Punjab (as indeed 
in all India) was far below the Bible standard; tlie 
Holy Spirit was so little honored in these ministries 
that few were being saved from among the Christ- 
less millions. Sialkot was the place selected for this 
meeting and 1904 became memorable as the date of 
the First Sialkot Convention. 

Before one of the first conventions Hyde and 
Paterson waited and tarried one whole month before 
the opening day. For thirty days and thirty nights 
these godly men waited before God in prayer. ^ Do 
we wonder that there was power in the convention? 
Turner joined them after nine days, so that for 
twenty-one days and twenty-one nights these three 
men prayed and praised (Jod for a mighty outpouring 
of his power ! Three human hearts that beat as one 
and that One the heart of Christ yearning, pleading, 
crying, and agonizing over the church of India and 
the myriads of lost souls. Three renewed human 
wills that by faith linked themselves as with hooks 
of steel to the omnipotent will of God. Three pairs 
of fire-touched lips that out of believing hearts 
shouted, "It shall be done!" 

Do you who read these words look at those long- 
continued vigils, those days of fasting and prayer, 
tliDse nights of wakeful watching and intercessions, 
and do you say; "What a price to pay!" Then I 
point you to scores and hundreds of workers quick- 
ened and fitted for the service of Christ ; I point you 
to literally thousands prayed into the kingdom and 

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I say unto you, "Behold, the purchase of such a 
price!" 

Surely Calvary represents a iearful price. But 
your soul and mine and the miUions thus far re- 
deemed and otiier niillbiis yet to be redeemed, a 
wrecked earth restored back to Eden perfection, the 
kingdoms of this world wrested from the grasp of 
the usurper and delivered over to the reign of their 
rightful King ! — when wc shall see ail this shall we 
not gladly say, "Behold the purchase !" 



1904 — The First Sialkot Convention 

One of his dearest friends in India writes alx)ut 
the great chanije that came to John Hyde's spiritual 
life at this cmlveiuion in 1904. He writes that 
though John was a missionary and a child of God, 
for he had been born of God, he was yet a babe in 
Christ. He had never teen compelled to tarry at his 
Jerusalem till he was endued with power from on 
high. But God in Iiis love S]ioke to him and showed 
him his great need. At this convention, while lie was 
speaking to his brother missionaries on the work of 
the Holy Spirit, God spoke to his own soul and 
opened up to him the divine plan of sanctification by 
faith. Such a touch of God, such a light from 
heaven came to him, that he said at the close of the 
convention: "I must not lose this vision." And he 
never did lose it, but rather obtained grace for grace, 
and the vision briglrtened as he went oljediently 
forward. 

Another missionary tells how John came to this 

convention to lead the Bible studies. During those 

days he spoke im the length and breadth and height 

and depth of the love of God. That mighty love 

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seemed to reach out through him and grip the hearts 
of men and women and draw them closer to God. 
This brother writes : 

"One night he came into my .study about half-past 
nine and began to talk to me about the value of public 
testimony. Wc had an earnest discussion until long- 
after midnight and 1 Cliink until after one o'clock, 
and as I remember it, quite an interesting argument. 

"We had asked him on the next evening to lead 
a meeting for men which was being held in the taber- 
nacle out on the compound, while the women of the 
convention were holding a meeting of their own in 
the missionary bungalow. 

"When the time for the meeting arrived the men 
of us were seated there on the mats in the tent, but 
Mr. Hyde the leader had not arrived. We tegan to 
-sing, and sang several numbers Ijiefore he did come 
in, quite late. 

'T remember how he sat dotvn on the mat in front 
of us, and sat silently for a considerable time after 
the singing stopped. Then he arose and said to us 
very quietly, "Brothers, I did not sleep any last night 
and I have not eaten anything to-day. I have been 
having a great controversy with God. I feel that he 
has wanted me to come here and testify to you con- 
cerning some things that he has done for me, and I 
have been arguing with him that I should not do 
this. Only this evening a little while ago have I got 
peace concerning the matter and have I agreed to 
obey him, and now I have come to tell you just some 
things tltat he has done for me." 

"After making this brief statement, he told us 
very quietly and simply .some of the desperate con- 
flicts that he had had Avith sin and how God had 
given hun victory. I think he did not talk more than 

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fifteen or twenty minutes and then sat down and 
ixjwed liis head for a few minutes, and then said, 'Let 
U5 have a season of prayer.' I rememlici liow tile 
little company prostrated themselves upon the mats 
on their faces in the Oriental manner, and then how 
for a long time, how long I do not know, man after 
man rose to his feet to pray, liow there was such 
confession of sin as most of ns had never heard he- 
fore and such crying out to God for mercy and help, 

"It was very late that niglil ivhen the httle gather- 
ing broke up and some of us know {iefinitely of sev- 
eral lives that were wholly transformed through the 
influence of that meeting." 

Evidently that one message opened the doors of 
men's hearts for the incoming of the great revival 
in the Indian Church. 

1905 Convention — 
*^ Brokenheartedness for Sin" 

In the spring of each year the Punjab Prayer- 
Union holds its annual meeting. But as preparation 
for this meeting the leaders spend much time in 
prayers and fastings and all night watching. Then 
wiien the Union comes together we look to God for 
guidance during tlie coming year. "Early in 1905, 
at that annual meeting, God laid on our hearts'" 
vvrites a brother, "the burden of a world plunged in 
sin. We were permitted to share to some extent in 
the suiTerings of Christ. . It was a glorious pre- 
paration for the convention in the fall of 1905." 

At this convention John Hyde was constantly m 
the prayer room day and night ; he Hved there as on 
the Mount of Transfiguration. The words were 
burned into his brain as a command from God: 



"I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, 
whicli shall never hold their peace day nor night : 
ye that are the Lord's remembrancers take ye no rest 
and give him no rest till he establish, and till he make 
Jeru.saleui a praise in the earth" (Isa. 62 :6, 7). 

Tliere can be 110 doubt that he was sustauied by 
divine .strength, for are we not told to "endure hard- 
ness according to the power of God," — not in our 
own weakness but in his strength? It was not tlie 
quantity but the quality of sweet childlike sleep that 
our Father gave his servant which enabled him to 
continue so long watching unto prayer. One could 
see from his face that it was the presence of Christ 
himself that strengthened hi.^ weak body. John Hyde 
was the principal s]ieaker, but it was from com- 
munion with God that he derived his power. 

His prayer-life was one of absolute obedience to 
God. I remember once the hmch-l5ell sounded when 
we were in the prayer looni. I heard him whisper: 
"Father, is it thy will that I go?" . . . There was 
a pause, the answer came, he said : "Thank you. 
Father," and rose with a smile and went to lunch. 
Needless to say, he recognized his Lord as seated at 
the table with them, and oh, how many hungry souls 
were refreshed by his talk.'i. 

He was leader of the morning Bible readings, his 
subject being John 15 : 26, 27, "He shall bear wit- 
ness of me, and ye also shall Iiear wntness of tne." 
"Is the Holy Spirit firsr in vour pulpits, pastors?" 
Do you consciously put him in front and keep your- 
selves behind him, when preaching? Teachers, when 
you arc asked hard questions do you ask his aid as 
a witness of all Christ's life? He alone was a wit- 
ness of the incarnation, the miracles, the death and 
the resurrection of Christ. So he is the only wit- 

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ness 1" It was a heart-searching message, and many 
were bowed down imder the convicting power. Tlie 
next morning Mr. Hyde was not allowed to give 
any further teaching. The chairman came down 
from his seat and declared the meeting to be in the 
liands of God's Spirit. How wonderfully He wit- 
nessed of Christ and his power to cleanse all who 
repent. The next morning once again his servant 
said that he had no fresh message from God. It was 
pointed out that God would not he mocked — ^tiU we 
had all learned this lesson as to putting the Holy 
Spirit first at all times God would not give any fresh 
message. Who can forget that day ? How w-onder- 
fully those prayers were answered ! The watchmen 
that night in the prayer room were filled with joy 
unspeakable and they ushered in the dawn with 
shouts of triumph. And why not, for we are "more 
than conquerors through him who loves us." 

At one time John Hyde was told to do something 
and he ivcnt and olxycd, but returned to the prayer 
room weeping, confessing that he had obeyed God 
unwillingly. '*Pray for me, brethren, that I may do 
this joyfully." We soon learned after he went out 
that he had been led to obey triumphantly. Then he 
received the promise that he would Ik the (spiritual) 
father of many children — an Abraham indeed. He 
entered the hall with great joy, and as he came before 
the people, after having obeyed God, he spoke three 
wordii in Urdu and three in English, repeating them 
three times, "Ai Asmaiii Bak," "O Heavenly 
Father." What followed who can describe ? It was 
a;? if a great ocean came sweeping into that assembly, 
and "suddenly there came a .sound from heaven as 
of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house 
where they were sitting." Hearts w^re bowed before 



that divine presence as the trees of the wood before 
a mighty tempest. It was the ocean of God's love 
ijeing outpoured tlirough one man's obedience. 
Hearts were broken tefore it. There were con- 
fessions of sins with tears that were soon changed 
to joy and then to shouts of rejoicing. Truly, 
we were filled with new wine — the new wine of 
Heaven! 

Here is the experience of one missionary; "Hours 
alone with God, with no one to see or Ivcar but God 
were customary; but the fellowship of others in 
prayer or praise, for hours, could it be downright 
real ? On entering that room the problem was solved. 
At once you knew you were in the holy presence of 
God, where there could Ije only awful reality. Others 
in the room Avere forgotten except when the comhined 
prayers and praises made you realize the strength 
and power and sympathy of such fellowship. The 
hours of waiting on God in communion with others 
were precious times, when together we waited on 
God to search us and to speak to us, together inter- 
ceded for others, together praised him for himself 
and for his wonderworking power. There was a 
breadth and freedom during tho.se ten days that I 
never imagined existed on earth. Surely it was for 
freedom such as this that Christ has set us free. 
Each one did exactly as he or she felt led to do. 
Some went to bed early, some prayed for hours, some 
prayed all night long, some went to the meetiiigs and 
some to the prayer room and some to their own 
rooms ; some prayed, some praised, some sat to pray, 
some kneeled, some lay prostrate on their faces be- 
fore God, just as the Spirit of God bade them. There 
ivas no criticism, no judging of what was being done 
or said. Each one realized tliat all superficialities 



were put away, that each one was Jn the awful pre- 
sence of the Holy Cod." 

The same missionary referred to John Hyde wlien 
she wrote, "There were some who knew that God 
had chosen and ordained them to be 'watchmen,' 
There ^vere some who had hved for long so near 
Jehovah that tliey heard his voice and received orders 
direct from him about everything, even as to when 
they were to watch and pray and when they were to 
sleep. Some watched all night long for nights be- 
cause God told them to do so, and he kept sleep from 
them that they might have the priviJeg'e and hmior 
of watching with him over the affairs of his king- 
dom." 

igo6— The Lamb on His Throne 

Again at this convention in answer to prayer God 
poured out on us by his Sjjirit a burden for lost soiils. 
We saw the same "brokenlieartedness" for the sm? 
of others. None felt this more than John Hyde. 
God was deepening^ his prayer-h it. He was permitted 
of God. to have the privilege of drinking of the 
Master's cup and of being l>aptized with his bap- 
tism — the second baptism of fire, suffering with him 
that we may reign witli him here and now, the life 
of true Kings for the sake of others. 

About this time John Hyde began to have visions 
of the glorified Christ as a Lamb on his throne- 
suffering such infmili' pain for and with his suffering 
Body on earth, as it is i^o often revealed hi God's 
Word, As the Divine Head, he is the nerve center 
of all the body. He is indeed living to-day a life of 
intercession for us. Prayer for others is as it were 
the very breath of oiir Lord's life in heaven. *'He 
ever Uveth to make inter cession for us." It was be- 



coming increasingly true of John Hyde. How often 
m the prayer rooni he would break o^it into tcar^ 
over the shis of the world, and especially of God's 
cliildren. Even then his tears would lie changed 
into shouts of praise according to the divine promise 
repeated by our Lord on that last nig^ht when he 
talked freely with his own. "Ye shall be sorrowful, 
but your sorrow shall be turned into joy" (John 
r6 -.20-22). 

A brother writes about the Convention of tqo5, 
"Thank God, he has heard our prayers and poured 
out the Spirit of Grace and intercession upon so many 
of his children. For example I saw a Punjabi bro- 
ther convulsed and sobbing as if liis heart would 
break. ] went up to him and put my arms about him 
and said, 'The blood oi Jesus Christ clcanseth us 
from all sin.' A smile lit up his face. 'Thank God, 
Sahib.' he cried, 'but oh, what an awful vision T have 
liad! Thousands of souls in this land of India being 
carried away by the dark river of sin! They are in 
hell now. Oh, fo snatch them from the fire before 
it is too late!' " 

See another example of how this agony of soul 
in John Hyde was reflected in one who was a daugh- 
ter in Christ to him. An Indian Christian girl was at 
this convention. Her father had compelled her to 
neglect Clirist's claims upon her. In the prayer room 
she waA convicted of her shi and told how her heart 
wa.s being torn away from her father to Christ. One 
could almost see the springing tendrils of her heart 
as the power of the love of Christ came upon her. 
It was a terrilile time. Then she asked us to pray 
for her father. We l^egan to pray and suddenly the 
great burden for that soul was cast upon us. and the 
room was filled with sobs and cries for one whom 

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most of us had never seen or heard of he tore. Strong 
men lay on the ground groaning in agony for that 
soul. There was not a dry eye in that place until 
at last God gave us the assurance tliat prayer had 
been heard and out of Gethsemane we came into the 
Pentecostal joy of being able to praise him that lie 
heard our cry, 

"That meeting was one," writes this brother, ''that 
will never leave ray memory. It went on ah night. 
It was a time when God's power was felt as I never 
had felt it before." 

This brother continues, "God wants those who 
are willing to bear the burden of the souls of these 
millions witliont God to go with Jesus uito Gethse- 
mane, He wants us to do thi.5. It is a blessed ex- 
perience to feel that in some measure we can enter 
into the fellowship of Christ's sufferings. It brings 
ns into a precious nearness to the Son of God. And 
not only this, hut it is God's appointed way of bring- 
ing the lost sheep back to the fold. He is saying, 
'Who will go for us, and whom shall I send?' Are 
you who read these words willing to Ik intercessors ,' 
If we are wiUing to put ourselves into God's hands, 
then God is willing to use us. But there are two 
conditions: obedience and purity. Obedience in 
everything, even in the least, surrendering up our 
wills and taking the will of God. And the next step 
is purity. God wonts pure vessels for his service, 
clean channels tlirough which to pour forth his grace. 
He wants purity in the very center of the soul, and 
unless God can have a pure vessel, purified by the 
fire of the Holy Spirit, he cannot use that vessel. 
He is asking you now if you will let him cleanse 
away part of your very life. God must have a 
vessel he can use ! 

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1907 — Holy Laughter 

In the summer of 1907 John went to a friend's 
house for a holiday. It was in the M— Hills. The 
friend whites about it thus: "The crowning act of 
God's love to tis personally was the wonderful way 
in which he hrouglit Mr. Hyde up to stay with us. 
I also had to come up to do duty among some Engli-sh 
troops here. So Hyde and I have been having 
glorious times together. There were seasons of great 
conflict and at times I thought Hyde would break 
down completely. But after all nights of prayer and 
praise he would appear fresh and smiling in the 
morning. God has lieeu teaching us wonderful les- 
sons when he calls us to seasons of such wrestling. 
It is that command in 2 Timothy i : 8, "Suffer hard- 
ship with the gospel according to the power of God." 
So that we have the power of God to draw upon for 
all our need. Ever since Mr. Hyde realized this he 
says he has scarcely ever felt tired, though he has 
had at times little sleep for weclcs. No man need 
ever break down through overstrain in this ministry 
of intercession." 

"Another element of power : 'The joy of the Lord 
is your strength.' Ah G — , a poor Punjabi brother 
of low caste origin, has been used of God to teach 
us all how to make such times of prayer a very 
heaven upon earth, how to prevent the pleasure of 
praying and even of wrestling ever descending into 
a toil. How often has G' — after most awful crying 
seemed to lareak through the hosts of evil and soar 
up into the pre,sence of the Father ! You could see 
the smile of God reflected in his face. Then he would 
laugh aloud in the midst of his prayer. It was the 
joy of a son revelling in the delight of his Father's 

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smile. God has Ixen teaching John and me that his 
mme is the God of Isaac — laughter. Have you ob- 
served that picture of heaven in Proverbs S ; 30? 
'1 was daily in his delight.' This is the Father's love 
being showered upon his own Son. No wonder that 
in such a home the Son should say that he was 'al- 
ways rejoicing before him." 'Rejoicing.' laughing, 
the same word as Isaac. This holy laughter seemed to 
relieve the tension and give heaven's own refresh- 
ment to wrestling spirits. 

"I must tell you of dear Hyde's last me.^sage l^e- 
fore he returned to Ludhiana. It was a special re- 
velation to Paui. and one which the Spirit forced 
him to give out to the Romans, that he had unceasing 
pain, for he could wish that he himself were una- 
theina from Christ for his kinsmen according to the 
tiesh (Rom. 9 : 1-3), Snrcly this was more than 
Paul's love for Christ. When he could wish that he 
should be what Christ had become for ns — a curse 1 
Fancy having to give np all hope in Christ ! Fancy go- 
ing back to the old sins and their domination over us 1 
The thought is unljearable ! Yet such was the divine 
pity in Paul's heart that he was willing to ht ana- 
thema from Christ, if it were possible in this way 
to .save his kinsmen the Jews. Such in a few words 
was God's message by his messenger, John Hyde. 
How we all broke down ! ,^1, GnSs love was indeed 
shed abroad in the hearts of those present. All tliis 
was leading to the great crisis in John Hyde's prayer- 
life, which I had the privilege of seeing." 

Summer — 1908 

"This summer we persuaded him to come np to 
the HiJls with us. His room was a separate one upon 
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the hill and to one side of our house. Here he came, 
but came for a very real intercession with his Master. 
This intercession vvas fraught with mighty issues 
for the kingdom of God amongst us. It was evident 
to all that he was bowed down with sore travail of 
soul. Fie missed many meals, and when I went to 
his room 1 would find him lying as in great agoity, 
or walking up and down as if an inward fire were 
burning in his hones. And so there was that lire 
of which our Lord spoke when he said : 'I came to 
cast fire upon the earth, and how would I that it were 
already kindled! But I have a baptism to Ik bap- 
tized with, and how I am straitened till it be accom- 
plished.' John did not fast in the ordinary sense of 
the word, yet often at that time when I begged him 
to come for a meal he would look at me and smile 
and s,ay. T am not hungry.' No! there was a far 
greater hunger eating up his very soul, and prayer 
alone could satisfy that. Before the spiritual hunger 
the. physical disappeared. He had heard our Lord's 
voice saying to him ; 'Abide ye here and watch with 
ME." So he abode there with his Lord, who gave 
him the privilege of entering Gethsemane with him- 
self. 

One thought was constantly uppermost in his 
mind, that our Lord still agonizes for souls. Many 
times he used to quote from the Okl and New Tes- 
taments, especially as to the privilege of 'filling up 
that which was lacking of the afflictions of Christ.' 
He would speak of the vow made by our Lord de- 
voting a long drawn out travail of soul till all his 
own were safely folded. 'For I say tmto you that I 
shall not drink henceforth of the fruit of the vine 
till that day when I drink it new with you in my 
Father's kingdom.' 'Saul, Saul, why persecutest 

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thott Me?' These were some of the verses itsed of 
God to op^n his eyes to the fellowship of Christ's 
sufferings. Tiiesc were days when the clouds were 
often pierced and the glorified Hie that our Lord now 
leads shone tlirough, revealing many mysteries of 
travail and pain. It was trul\- a following of him 
who is the Lamb, suffering still n'l'th us as he oiicc 
did for us on earth, though now himself on the 
throne. John liyde found that he still carries our 
crosses — the h£2.vy end of our crosses, 'tor he ever 
liveth to make intercession for us.' 

"It was Into the hfe of prayer and watching and 
agonizing for others that he was being led step by 
step. All tills time, though he ate little and slept less, 
he was hright and cheerful. Our children had ever 
been a great joy to him. Uncle Jolm, who had so 
often played with them, wa.s always wtlconied with 
smiles of love. Yet now, even the little ones ap- 
peared to realize that this was no tune for play I 
They were wonderfully subdued and qnitt in hh 
presence in those days, for there wns a li.Sflit r:"n hi^ 
face that told of coniinuihtjn with another woHd. 
Yet there was nothing of the licrmit about him^ — 
in fact people were more tlian ever attracted to him, 
and freely asked for his prayers. He alw-ays had 
leisure to speak to them of spiritual things, and en- 
tered even more patienth' than ever into their trials 
and disappointments. We -will not speak in detail 
of tliose days of watching^ and praying and fasting 
when he appeared to enter into our Lord's great 
yearning for hh sheep. We feared his poor weak 
body would sink under the strain; but how marveh 
ousiy he was sustained all the time ! At times that 
agony was dunib. at times it ^vas a crying out for 
the millions perishing before our eyes ; yet it was 

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always lit up with hope. Hope in the love of God — - 
Hope in the God of Love." 

With all that depth of love \vhich he seemed to 
be sounding with his Lord, there were glimpses of 
its heights — moments of Iieaven upon earth, when 
his .soul wai> flooded with songs of praise, and he 
would enter into the joy of his Lord. Then lie would 
break into song but they were always "Songs in the 
night." In those days he never seemed to lose sight 
of those thousands in his own district without God 
and without hope m the "workL How he pleaded 
for them with sobs— dry choking sobs, that showed 
how the depths of his sonl were being stirred, 
"l''ather, give mc these souls or I die!" was the 
burden of his prayers. His own prayer tliat he 
nii^ht rather burn out than rust out was already 
being answered. 

Let me introduce here a gem from the pen of 
Paterson: "What wiui the secret of that prayer-life 
of John Hyde'.-.?" he a,iks. This, that it was a Ufe 
of prayer. Who is the source of all life? The 
glorified Jesus. How do I get this Hfe from him? 
Just as I receive his rigiiteousness to begin with. 
I own that I have no righteousness of my own — 
only filthy rags and I in faith claim his righteousness. 
Now, a tW'Ofold residt follows :■ — As to our h'ather 
in heaven, He sees Christ's righteousness — not my 
unrighteousness. A second result as to ourselves : 
Christ's righteousness not merely clothes us out- 
wardly, but enters into our very l>eing, by his Spirit, 
received in faith as with the disciples (see John 
20 : 22) and works out sane tificat ion in us. 

^V'hy not the same with our prayer life? Let us 
rcmenil>er the word ''for,'' "Christ died for us," 
and "He ever liveth to make intercession 'for' us/' 
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tliat is, ill our room and stead. So I confess my ever 
failing prayers (.it dare not be called a life), and 
plead his never failing intercession. Then it affects 
our rather, for lie looks upon Christ's prayer-Ufe in 
us, and answers accordingly. So that the answer is 
far "above all we can ask or think." Another great 
result [ollows: it affects us. Christ's prayer life 
enters into ns and he prays hi tis. This is prayer in 
tlie Holy Spirit. Only thus can we pray without 
ceasing. This is the life more aliundant which our 
Lord gives. Oh, what peace, M'liat comfort! No 
more working up a life of prayer and failing con- 
stantly. Jesus enters the lioat and the toiling ceases, 
and we are at the laud whither we would be. Now, 
we need to Ik still before him, so as to hear his voice 
and allow him to pray in ns — nay, allow him to pour 
into our souls his overfiowinE life of intercession, 
wdiich means literally: face to face meeUng with 
God — real usiox and communion." 



1908 Convention— One Soul a Day 

It was about this time that Jolm Hyde laid hold 
of God in a very definite covenant. This was for 
one soul a day — not less, not enquirers simply but 
a soul saved — ready to confess Clirisl in public and 
lie baptized in his name. Then the stress and strain 
was relieved. His heart Avas filled with the peace of 
full assurance. All who spoke to him perceived a 
new life and a new life-work which this life can 
never end. 

He returned to his district with this confidence 
nor was he disappointed. It meant long jouriiej's, 
nights of watching unto prayer and fasting, pain and 
conflict, yet victory always crowning this. What 

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though the dews chilled him by night and the drought 
exhausted him by day ? His sheep were being gath- 
ered into the fold and the Good Slieplierd was seeing 
of the travail of his soul and being satisfied. By 
the end of that year more tlian four liundred were 
gathered in. 

Was he satisfied? Far from it. How could he 
possibly he so long as his Lord was not ? How could 
our Lord he satisfied, so long as one single sheep was 
yet outside his fold? Tint John Hyde w-as learning 
the secret of Divine Strength: "The joy of the 
Lord.'" For, after all, the greater our capacity 
for joy the greater our capacity also for sor- 
row. Thus it was with the Man of Sorrows, he 
who could say: "These words have 1 spoken unto 
yon that my joy may be in you and that your joy 
may Ije full." 

John Hyde seemed always to be hearing the Good 
Shepherd's voice saying, "Other sheep I have — other 
sheep T have." No matter if he won the one a day 
or two a day or four a day, he had an unsatisfied 
longuig, an undying passion for lost souls. Here is 
a picture given by one of his friends in India : "As 
a personal worker he would engage a man in a talk 
aliout his salvation. By and by he would have his 
hands on the man's shoulders looking him very ear- 
nestly in the eye. Soon he would get the man on bis 
knees confessing his sins and seeking salvation. Such 
a one he would baptize in" the village, by the road- 
side, or anywhere." 

I once attended one of his conventions for Chris- 
tians. He would meet his converts as they came in 
and embrace them in Oriental style, laying his hand 
first on one shoulder and then on the other. Indeed, 
his embraces were so loving that he got nearly all 

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to give like eraliraces to CIiTistiaiis and fliose too 
of the lowest caste. 

This was his strong point. Love won him vie- 
tories, 

igog Convention — Two Souls a Day 

Again John Hyde laid hold of God with a definite 
and importunate request. This time it was for two 
souls a day. At this convention God used him even 
more mightily than eA'er before. God spoke through 
his servant Jolin Hyde. 

We speak with bated breath of the most sarred 
lesson o( all — g-hmpses that he gave us into Ihi ili- 
vine heart of Christ broken for our sins. 11 e i li.l nut 
overwhelm us with this sight all at once, He re- 
vealed these glimpses gently and lovingly according 
to our ability to endvire it. Ah, who can forget liow 
he showed us his great heart of love pierced by that 
awful sorrow at the wickedness of the whole world, 
"which grieved him at his heart." 

Deeper and deeper we were allowed to enter into 
the agony of God's soul, till like the prophet of sor- 
row, Jeremiah, we heard his anguish, desiring that 
his eye.'; might become a fountain of tears, that he 
might weep day and night for the slain of the daugh- 
ter of his people. There the divine longing was rea- 
lized in Gethscniane and Calvary ! We were led to 
see the awful suffering of the Son of God, and the 
still more awful suffering of the Father and of the 
Eternal Spirit, through whom He offered up himself 
without spot unto God. 

How can we enter into the fellowship of such 
sufferings? "Ask, and it shall lie given you, seek 
and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto 
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you.*' Observe the progress in intensified desire, — 
great, greater, greatest, and the corresponding re- 
ward till, to crown it all, the Father's heart is thrown 
open to us. Yes, to all and sundry we tell our joys ; 
it is the privileged few very near our he.irts to whom 
we tell our sf.jrrows! So it is with the love of God, 
It was to John the 1 icioved as lie lay clo^c to the heait 
of the Master, and then drew closer still, that Jesus 
revealed the awful anguish that was breaking his 
heart, that one of them shoirtd Ijetray him. The 
closer we draw to his heart, the more we shall share 
his sorrows. All this we obtain only by faith. It is 
not our broken heart, it is God's we need, It is not 
our sufferings, it is Christ's we are partakers of. It 
is not our tears with which we should admonish 
night and day — it is all Christ's. The fellowship of 
his sufferings is his free gift — free for the taking 
in simple faith, never minding onr feelings. 

"Lord, give me Thy heart of love for sinners, Thy 
broken heart for their sins. Thy tears wdth which 
to admoniiih night and daj, " cried a dear child of 
God at the end of this convention. Then he went or : 
"But, O Lord, I feel so cold, ily heart is so hard 
and dead. I am so lukewarm!" A friend had to 
interrupt him. "Why are you looking down at your 
poor self, brother ? Of course your heart is cold and 
dead. But you have asked for the broken heart of 
Jesus, his love, his burden for sin, his tears. Is he 
a liar ? Has he not given what you asked for ? Then 
why look away from his heart to your own?" 

John used to ?ay, "When we keep near to Jesus 
it is he who draws souls to himself through us, but 
he ronst be lifted up in our lives ; that is, we must be 
crucified with him. It is 'self in some shape that 
comes between us and him, so self must be dealt with 

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as he was dealt with. Self must be crucified, dead 
and buried xvith Christ, If not 'buried' liie slench 
of the old man will frighten souls away, jf (Iksc 
three sUps doumwanh are taken as to the yld man, 
then tlie new ram will be revived, raised^ and seated 
■ — the corrcspondiny steps upzvard which God permits 
us to take, Then indeed Christ is lifted up in our 
live-s and he cannot fail to attract souls to himself. 
All this i.s the result of a close unioti and communion, 
that is 'fellowship' with him in his .sufferings!" 

igio Convention — Four Souls a Day 

The eight hundred souls gatherecl in since ^ast 
year's convention did not satisfy John Hyde. God 
was enlarging his heart wilh his love. Once again 
he laid hold on God with holy desperation, How 
many weeks it was T do not remember, but he went 
dee]icr still with Christ into the sliadows of Ihc 
Garden 1 Praying took the form n.ow of cnnfLssinj^ 
the sins of others and taking' the place of those sin- 
ners, as so many of the pro[)hets did in old time. 
He was bearing the sins of others alone with his Lord 
and Master, "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so 
fulfill the law of Christ."' According to that law we 
ought to lay down our lives for the brethren, This, 
John Hyde was doing. I^e was "dying daily." 

What was that burden referred to in Galatians 6 ; 
2 ? The previous verse reveals it. It was bearing the 
sins of others. He at length got the assurance of 
four ,wids (I day. 

Yet this was the year that God used him all over 
India. He was called to help in revivals and con- 
ferences in Calcutta, Bombay, and many of the larger 
cities. Surely he was being prepared for an; eternity- 

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wide mission. Yet he "was never more misjudged 
and misunderstood. But tliat too was part cf the 
fellowship of Christ's pain. '*He came unto his own, 
and his own received him not.'' 

We who were &o privileged saw in John Hyile's 
lif^ the deepening horror of sin during that year of 
19TO, though it was all but a pale reflection of the 
awful anguish over sin tliat at length broVe our 
Saviour's heart. Before this year's convention he 
spent long nights in prayer to God. This burden 
had lain now for five years on liis heart — each year 
pressing heavier and heavier. How it had eaten into 
his very soul! One saw the long sleepless nights 
and weary days of watching with prayer written 
on every feature of his face. Vet his figure was 
almost transformed as he gave forth God's own 
words to his people with such fire and such force 
that many hardly recognized the changed man with 
the glory of God lighting up every feature. It was 
Jehovah's messenger speaking Jehovah's message, 
and we who had shared some of its burden in prayer 
knew that it was God's own burden spoken to his 
Church in India — yeSt to his Church throttghout the 
whole -world. 

We were transported to Mount Sinai and to the 
sin of Israel in worshiping flic golden calf. Up till 
that time Moses had not interceded for tiod's people. 
Why? Because he had not yet entered into the sul- 
ferhigs of God's heart over sin. So he is sent down 
among the sinners. Sin cost him tJie presence of 
God. Was he not being made a partaker of tlie suf- 
ferings of the Lamb slain from the foundation of 
the world? Then he fasts a second forty days and 
forty nights (Dent, 9 : 19), "For I was afraid 
of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith Jehovah 

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was wroth against you to destroy you. But Jehovah 
hearkened unto me that time also." Moses reports 
this in 9 : 25, douUly emphasized by the Holy Spirit. 
Surely the Great White Throne in its awtul purity 
shone amorri; us from that time right on through 
the eonvention— no wonder we were filled with 
shame and con Fusion of face as were so many of 
God's Intercessors of old — Moses. Jol), Ezra, Nehe- 
miah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel. When 
God said to Moses, "Ul me alone," he revealed the 
power of intercession. No! Moses "stood in tht 
breach," and the wrath of God was stayed He gave 
up the honor and glory of his own name and family 
for the sake of God's' people. "The Church in the 
wilderness" was saved hy one who shadowed forth 
our Great Divine Intercessor and partook of his 
Spirit. 

The confession of the sins of others laid hold of 
John Hyde's heart. It was ahout that time he was 
tauglit a very solemn lesson — ^tlie sin of fault-finding 
even in prayer for others. He was once weighed 
down with the burden of prayer for a certahi Indian 
pastor. So he retired to his "inner chamber," and 
thinking of the pastor's coldness and the consequent 
deadness of his church, he liegan to pray: "O 
Father, thou knowest how cold" — ^lie was going to 
say; hut a finger seemed to Ik laid on his lips, ."io 
that the word was not uttered and a voice said in his 
ear, "He that touchelh him toucheth the apple of 
mine eye." Mr. Hyde cried out in sorrow; "For- 
give me, Father, in that I have been an accuser of 
the brethren he fore thee !" He realized that in God's 
sight he must look at "Whatsoever things are love- 
ly." Yet he wanted also to look at "Whatsoever 
things are tme." He was shown that the "true" of 

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this verse are limited to what are both lovely and 
true, Uiat the sin of God's children is fleeting, it is 
not tl:e true nature of God's children. For wc should 
see them as tliey are in Christ Jesus — "complete," 
what tliey shall be when he has finished the good 
work he has begun in them. "And it is right for 
rae to be thus minded concerning you all, because 
/ have you in my heart." Then John asked tlie 
Father to show him all that was to be praised ("if 
there be any A'irtue and if there be any praise take 
account of these things") in that pastor's hfe. He 
was reminded of much for which he could heartdy 
thank God, and s[)ent his lime in praise ! This was 
tlie way to victory. The result? He shortly after- 
wards heard that the pastor ha<l at that very time 
received a great reviving and was preaching with 
fire. It is this way of praise which is appointed of 
God for preparing the I5ride and the patting on her 
beautiful garments. In Revelation 19:6-8 it is 
praise that leads to the glorious results. 

I remember John telling me that in those days if 
on any day four souls were not brought into the 
fold, at night there woukl Ik such a weight on his 
heart that it was positively painful, and he could not 
eat nor sleep. Then in prayer he would ask his Lord 
to sliow him wliat was the obstacle in him to this 
blessing. He invariably found that it was the want 
of praise in his life. This command, which has been 
repeated in God's Word hundreds of times — .surely 
it is oil important! He would then confess his sin, 
and accept the forgiveness by the Blood. Then he 
would ask for the spirit of praise as for any other 
gift of God. So he would exchange his ashes for 
Christ's garland, his mourning for Christ's oil of 
joy, his spirit of heaviness for Christ's garaient of 

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praise (the Song of the Lamlj — praising God be- 
forehand for wlxat he was going to do), and as he 
praised God souls would come to him, and the num- 
bers lacking would be made up. 

Here is a picture of his work in those days : Tvta 
evangelists went out with Mr. Hyde to a distant 
village ; before leaA^ng they were assured of ten souis 
being won for Christ. They reached the village, 
they preached, they sang, the day wore on, not a 
sign of any soul being interested. They became 
hungry and thirsty. No man gave unto them. 
The evangelists became impatient to get home for 
rest and food. John Hyde Avould not move. He 
was waiting for those ten soub. At last, at a com- 
mon cottage they asked for a drink of water. The 
man offered them milk, too, They went into his 
humble home and were refreshed. As they talked 
to him, he showed a most intelligent knowledge of 
Jesus Christ. Yes, he had entertained them in his 
name. Would the family not become his follow- 
ers? Why not now? He agreed, and called his 
wife and children. They certainly realized what they 
were doing, antl were determined as a family to 
come out on the Lord's side. One can picture how 
tenderly John Hyde ushered them into the family 
of Gnd. A'lne in all were baptized. 

But it was now growing dark% and a dangerous 
road lay ahead of them. The evangelists made 
haste. The father l)egan to urge it, too. Unwill- 
ingly John Hyde left that house, The cart was sei^t 
for by one, and the other tried to hasten John's 
steps. Then they wanted to lift him into the cart. 
But no — -his eyes rested pleadingly on one of his 
men : "fVhuf about that one that Li zvanting?" The 
evangelist (he told me this with a hot fiush of 

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shame) lost his temper. It is all very well for tlie 
Sahib if he broke his neck; he had no wife or family 
to tliink of. But it was a very different story for 
tlieni both. Jiut John stood there waiting for that 
one soyl, — -tlie tenth was yet wanting. He kiiew the 
Good Shepherd was himself searching for tliat one, 
and would search "until he find it," The two evau 
gelists used almost force to get him to move. There 
burst one cry from his lips : "What about that 
one?" By and by the father of the family came up. 
Why was the Padre Sahib waiting? John told him 
of the one not yet in the fold. ""Why, there he isl-' 
cried the man. 'Tie has jnst come bach. My 
nephew, whom I liave adopted," He brought the 
boy forward. Mr. Hyde went l?ack to the house 
and asked him of his faith in Christ He was clear 
and intelh'gent. So the tenth was gathered into the 
fold. He gave a sigh of heart's ease and weary con- 
tent as he climljed into the cart. Of course, they 
were kept and reached home safely — with a heart 
full of rest -such as the Good Shepherd gives his 
faithful under-shepherds. Yes, and that is the rest 
of the sonl they give him^ for through such he shall 
yet see of the travail of his soul and be satisfied. 

And now, farewell to Sialkot! As far as this 
sketch i.s concerned, we are leaving those hallowed 
scenes. Others there are who will assemble on 
those holy grounds ; others care for the great com- 
pany that annually assemliles in those audiences ; 
others will keep watch in the prayer-Toom; but as 
for our dear brother Hyde, igTO was his last year at 
Sialkot. We may wonder why it should be so. 
Only forty-seven, surelv his taking away seemed 
untimely. But God in heaven Imnw=; how wonder- 
fully rounded out were the years of dear John Hyde. 

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Seven Sialkot conventions, and seven wonderful 
years of prayer. Surely God Kaw in John Hyde 3. 
well rounded out experience and cimracter. Surely 
God and the recording angel know tllat the fruitage 
will be bcuutilul at the ingathering; at the great har- 
vest home. ''He that soweth bountifully shall also 
reap bountifully." 

But before we leave Sialkot I am led to record my 
appreciation of our brother, McCheyne Paterson. 
Paterson, I have fallen in love with you in the Lord. 
Because you loved Ilydc I love yon. Often, dear 
brother, 1 have prayed for you, and shall yet pray. 
And will not all who read this sketch join me in 
praying for the convention at Sialkot, and for this 
jirccions man of God, still praying and preaching 
and praising there ? 

Calcutta and the Doctor 

John Hyde was only one of many men w'ho have 
hazarded life for God's service. Nehetniah was 
warned of the plotting of Sanballat and Tobiah. 
I-Ie was advised to go into the house of God and 
shut the doors. He answered, "Should such a 
man as I flee? and who is there that, liieing such 
a& I, would go into the temple to save his hfe? 
/ -zinll not go h." 

Of Jesus it is written, "And it came to pass, when 
the days were well-nigh come that he should be re- 
ceived up, he .sted lastly set bis face to go to Jeru- 
salem" (Luke g : 5 1 ) . 

When Mr. Moody was in England the last trnie, 
he was having trouhle with his heart, He was ex- 
amined by an eminent physician, who told him that 
his excessive labors were costing him his life. He 



was killing himself. He promised that be would not 
work so hard. 

On the voyage back to America, an awful storm 
struck his ship, the Spree. She was partly sub- 
merged, and in great distress the people appealed to 
Mr. Moody. He exhorted and prayed. He told the 
Lord at that time that if he would get them out of 
this trouble he would never let up in his labors lor 
lost souls. 

That summer was the time of the World's Fair in 
Chicago. M.r. Moody gathered such a band of 
preachers, evangelists, workers, and singers as prob- 
ably never was assembled for such work before or 
since. Halls, storerooms, theaters, churches, and 
even circus tents, were utihzed for Gospel meetings, 
Mr. Moody worked with all his old-time vigor. 
They "put over" a magnificent campaign. A few 
months later, at Kansas City, while on the platform 
preaching with all his tremendous energy, the great 
evangelist's heart ga\'e way, his voice ceased, and 
his labors on earth were over. A few days later, 
among his friends at Northfield, he passed over to 
join that heroic band who counted not their lives 
dear unto themselves that they might wdn precious 
souls to Jesus. 

A friend of John Hyde's, hving in Calcutta, who 
now knows what it means to Ik despised and rejected 
of men, gives the following testimony as to John's 
prayer life. "I remember W. T. speaking of dear 
Hyde's having spent thirty days and nights ui prayer 
for the great Sialkot Convention {that was in igo6) , 
when the Convention was opened for the first time 
to all Christians. 

"This news made a deep impression on me, as it 
stood out in such contrast to my own prayerless life 

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'at that time. When he and I were alone, I pressed 
Turner for more details, particulars o f which he was 
very reluctant to give (as he himself had stayed 
twenty-one days vvith the little prayer kmd). '1 
cannot go into details/ he said, 'but it was a time in 
the Mount with God.' " 

Soon after the igiD Sialkot Convention, John 
Hyde held a meeting in Calcutta. His friend in that 
city writes about him : "He stayed with us nearly a 
fortnight, and during the whole time he had fever. 
Yet he took the meetings regularly, ami how God 
spoke to us, though he was bodily unilt to do any 
work! At that time I was unwell for several days. 
The pain in my chest kept me awake for several 
nights. It was then that 1 noticed what Mr. Hyde 
was doing in hi.s room opposite. The room where I 
was being in darkness, I could sec the flash of the 
electric light when he pot out of bed and turned it 
on. I watched him do it at twelve and at two and at 
four, and then at five. From that time the light 
stayed on till sunrise. By this I know that in spite 
of his night watches and illness, he tegan his day 
at five. 

"I shall never forget the lessons I learned at that 
time. I had always clainjed exemption from night 
watches, as I feh too tired at bed time. Had I ever 
prayed for the privilege of waiting upon God in the 
hours of night? No! This led mc to claim that 
privilege then and there. The pain which had kept 
me awake night after night was turned into joy and 
praise iKcause of this new ministry wdiich I had 
suddenly discovered, of keephig watch in the night 
w'ith the Lord's 'Remembrancers,' At length the pain 
quite left my chest, sleep returned, but with it the 
fear came upon me lest I should miss my hours of 
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communion with titxl, 1 prayed, 'Lord, wake me 
when the hran- comes' (see Isa. 50 -.4). At first it 
was at two A. M., and afterwards at four with strik- 
ing regularity. At five every nioming 1 heard a Mo- 
hammedan priest at the Mosque near by call out lor 
prayers in a ringing, melodious voice. 'The thought 
that I had been up an hour before him filled me with 
joy. 

"But Mr. Hyde grew worse, and the annual meet- 
iup of his Mission was calhng him. Being an.i;ious, 
1 induced him to come with me to a doctor. The 
next morning the doctor said: 'The heart is in an 
awful condition. I have never come across such a 
bad case as this. It has been shifted out of its nalu- 
• ral position on the left side to a place over on the 
right .side. Through stress and strain it is in such a 
bad condition that it will require months and months 
of strictly quiet life to bring it back again to any- 
thing like its normal state. What have you lieen 
doing with younself ?' Dear Hyde said nothing; he 
only smiled. But we who knew liim knew the cause ; 
his life of incessant prayer day and night, praying 
exceedingly with many tears for his converts, for 
his fellow-laborers, for his friends, and for the 
church in India !" 

Then the friend writes how God taught him to 
live a life of prayer through Mr, Hyde's example, 
and how afterwards he too, Uke John Hyde, was 
led into the fellowship of Christ's sufferings down, 
down, down, farther and farther into the very 
recesses of Gethsemane, till he too seemed to 
tread the winepress of the wrath of God against 
.sin all alone. 

"The .spirit jeaIou.sly desires us for his own" 
(Jas. 4:5; Alford), It is his highest desire that 

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there be in us ^ life of fellowship witli hims^elt. For 
this supreme wisli of his heart he rises early, seeking, 
knocking, unasked, uninvited (Isa. 50:4). How 
much more it' asked and invited! Does not this fact 
make the Morning Wutch unspeakably precious and 
glorious? 

He seeks communion Avith us because it is his right 
and Dur benefit. He ^eeks this communion at the be- 
ginning of the day. He would claim the Iiest, the 
very best hour of tlie day, With so great a privilege 
pressed upon us, does it not mean a solemn obliga- 
tion on OUT part to cultivate this life of fellowship? 

If we are willing, he will quicken and empower. 

Remember Gethsemane ! Our Lord's appeal to 
his disciples m his hour of supreme crisis was : 
"Could ye not %vatch with me one hour-'" The 
appeal, though thrice repeated, fell upon deaf ears, 
because the enemy's power had overmastered the 
disciples through sleep. Do we not hear the Lamb 
upon his throne, "standing as though it had Ijeen 
slain," make the same appeal again at this hour of 
world-crisis, at this hour of church-crisifi, "Could ye 
not watch with nie one hour?' The renewal of the 
church will depend on the renewal of our prayer life. 
T!ie powers of the world to come are at our disposal 
if we will make time for quiet hours for fellowship 
and communion, which is our Lord's supreme, 
yearning desire." 



Oh, ye who sigh and langdsh, 
Atid inourn your lack of powcr, 
1'Ci.I \c thi-- .gentle whisper: 
Colli J ye not watch one hour?' 

F;jr friiiEfiiliiLSS and blessing, 
There is tto royal r<^d; 

The power tor holy service 
Is. intercourse wiih Gq4 




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^^Or e'er a word or action 

Hath stained its snowy scroll 
Bring the new day to J^siis, 
And consecralc the whole. 
Then fear not for the record; 

He surely will indite, 
Wliatever may t^etide thee. 
It shall be, must be, right. 

"Soon the b&t golden sunrise, 

Shall deck the eastern sky; 
Soon the last "Watch" be ended. 

Redemption drawtth tilgh. 
Then may this bright inccjitlve, 

Within our spirits hurn. 
It may he that this morning 

The Bridegroom shall return ['' 

"The Calcutta friend concludes : "We have heard 
of martyry who were kept in prisoUj and in the end 
were put to death. But have we ever heard of one 
who was so given up to the ministry of prayer that 
tlie strain of a daily burden brought him to a prema- 
ture grave ?"* "No, friend," aniwers another brother 
in India, "not a premature grave ; :t was the grave 
of Jesus Christ, John Hyde laid down his life calmly 
and deliberately for tlie Chtifch of God in India." 

''Who follows in his train?"' 

Transformed Lives 

Behold how much was wrought hi the life and 
work of one lady mi5siona^}^ She had worked hard 
for many years in her district and none of the work 
there was bearing real frtiit. She read the account 
of Mr. Clyde's prayer-life and resolved to devote the 
best hours of her time to prayer and waiting on God 
in the study of hi^ word and will. She would make 
prayer primary', and not secondary as she had been 
doing. She would begin to live a prayer-hfe in God's 

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stren^h, God had said to her : "Call upon Me, and 
I will show thee great and mighty things. You 
have not called upon me and therefore you do not see 
these things in your work." She %vrite,5 : "I felt 
that at any cost I must know him and this prayer-life, 
and so at last the battle of my heart wa.s ended and 
I had the victory." One thing she prayed for was 
(hat God would keep her hidden. She hud to face 
being misunderstood and Yieing tinmb and not open- 
ing her mouth in self-defense if she was to be a 
follower of the Lamb. 

In less than a year she wrote a letter, and oh, what 
a change ! New life everywhere — the wilderness be- 
ing- transformed into a garden. Fifteen were bap- 
tized at first and one hundred and twenty-five adults 
during the first halt of the following year! 

"The most of the year has been a battle to keep 
to my resolution, I have always lived so active a life, 
accustomed to steady work all day lonj», and my new 
life called for much of the best part of the day to be 
spent in prayer and Bible study. Can you not im- 
agine what it was and what it is sometimes now? 
To hear others going around hard at work while 
I stayed quietly in my room, as it were inactive. 
Many a time I have longed to lie out again in active 
work among the people in the rush of life, but God 
would not let me go. His liand held me with as 
real a grip as any human hand ami I knew that I 
could not go. Only the other day I felt thi.s again 
and God seemed to say to me, 'What fruit had ye in 
those things whereof ye are now ashamed?' Yes, 
I knew I was ashamed of the years of almost prayer- 
less missionary life. 

"Every department of the work now is in a more 
prosperous condition than I have ever known it to 



be. The stres.i and the strain have gone out of my 
life. The joy of feeling that my life is evenly 
balanced, the life of conimunion on the one hand 
and the life of work on the other, hrings constant 
rest and pcaccc. I could not go back to the old life, 
and God grant that it may always be impossible." 

Another j'ear jiassed, and she wrote again : "The 
spirit of earnest uiquiry is increasing in the villages 
anti there is every promise of a greater movement 
in the future tlian we have ever yet had. Our Chris- 
tians now number &ix hundred in contrast with one 
sixth of that ntimber two years ago [before she be- 
gan the prayer-life and gave herself to it]. 'I believe 
we may expect soon to see great things in India. 
Praise for his hourly presence and fellowship!" 

The pastor of a congregation in Illinois writes, 
"We have lost a strong and noble brother, who has 
not only done the Lord's work in the far-off land but 
has been an inspiration to us as well aiid the means 
of awakening at least one from this congregation to 
such an hitcrest in the foreig-n work that to-day she 
i.s in China." Who can measure John Hyde's in- 
fluence and power in India, in England, and in 
America ? 

"J. N. Hyde was like his father. When duty 
called, the call was imperative. He answered it not 
with skyrocket exploitation and great ado, but with 
unalterableness of purpose that meant this or death ! 
It seems God meant this and death. In the last class 
letter he wrote to his seminary classmates he says : 
'For tliree full years now God has given us decisions 
and baptisms every day when we have been out in 
our district — over a thousand the past two years- . . . 
never a day if we were right with God without souls.'' 
'They that turn many to righteousness shall shine 



as the stafs forever and ever,* Is there anything 
Ml tliis old world worth while except seeking and 
saving that which was lost ?'' ( Hcrricli Johnsan. ) 

Read of these experiences, as recorded by a mis- 
sionary in India who wrote "An American Girl's 
Struggle and Surrender." 

"On the wall in my room hi India hung a motto 
card. It is the picture of a stony hill with a little 
green grass here and there. On tlie top of the hill 
is a tree ; most of the branches on one side have been 
entirely swept away by the wind and only a few 
scraggly limbs remain on the other side. On this 
card is printed : 'Endure when there is every exter- 
nal reason not to endure.' And this verse ; 'He en- 
dured . . . seeing Iiini who is invisible.' 

"A dear young friend seeing this card said to me ; 
'Memsahih, that motto card is lo me your photo- 
graph. God has been cutting from your life one 
branch after another and again and agahi has re- 
moved earthly supports/ " 

She and her husband were very happy in their 
going out to India and during the first year. But 
there were shadows over the pathway. The next 
year God gave and ,5onn took to him.sel f a dear Uttle 
life. From the first her liusband would ask God to 
fill him with tlie Spirit at any cost to himself. At 
first she couhl not pray this prayer. After the babe 
was taken she would join her husband in this prayer, 
and as tliey would rise from their knees she would 
say, "But, oh, I am afraid of the cost," Then next 
her husband was taken with fever. How she pleaded 
and prayed and even commanded God. But he 
passed away. For months she was dazed and scejned 
oblivious to everything but her unutterable loss. It 
was a year of great darkness. 



But in the spring ('rod sent a luessenger (Mr. Regi- 
nald Stutkl, a man from whom John Hyde learned 
uuicli) through whom God revealed what He desired 
to be to each of his children, their all in all, llie 
chiefest among ten thousand, their heart-friend. 

Christ possessed this man's life. Christ was to 
him ail that the dearest earthly friend could he, and 
inllnitely more. Not only was his life centered in 
Christ, — Christ was his very life. He communed 
with him as with a friend, spending hours with him, 
his inruost lieiug was made radiant with Christ's 
abiding presence, and wherever he w^nt "Christ was 
revealed." Soon after meeting this messenger of 
Christ she relates further, "In a written consecration 
I gave myself, my child [Ixtrn shortly after her hus- 
band's death], all I had and all 1 ever would have, ttj 
the Lord, to W his forever. It was an unconditional 
surrender and the Holy Spirit entered in his fuhiess 
and began to lead me into the love and joy and peace 
— a knowledge surpassing the love and Joy and peace 
for which I had long been yearning. There came 
to my heart a deep quietness. The 'Word- of God 
opened up to me in marvelous richness, becoming 
food for the soul. 

'Tn the years that have followed I have again and 
again Ix-en brought to places where two ways opened ; 
one the way of the ordinary Christian life, the other 
the way on which one secmetl to see the bloodstained 
marks of the Saviour's footsteps; and he called 
me to follow him — the slain Lamb. It has meant 
the way of the cross ; but it has also meant fellowship 
with Christ." 

She writes further about "the Messenger" whom 
God had sent to the Punjab who showed such a 
Christ-possessed life. She writes ; "I do not remera- 

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Ijcr that he ever talked al.>out prnyer; he prayed. 
Six:akiiig somelimea four and five times a day, he 
would then impend half the night in prayer, sometimes 
abne, sometimes with otliers. He prayed." 

She gives lis modestly some glimpses of how won- 
derfully God worked through her. Sometimes it was 
among the Mohammedans, sometimes among the na- 
tive Hindus, and sometimes among the foreign mis- 
sionaries. She was associated with the Punjab 
Prayer Union and the Sialkot Convention. 

She says, "There have been many failures, times 
when the self-Hfe hindered God. I am more and 
more amazed that God has l>een able, notwithstanding 
my failures, to work in such wondrous waySj and 
has given me the joy of seeing him work, 

"God offers," she continues, "to bring all who are 
willing into the secret place^ within the vail, the place 
of sweetest refuge, where 'all is peace and quiet 
stillness.' " 

"Within the vail. Be this. be[oied, thy portion, 
Within the secret of thy Lord to dwell, 
Beholding him, until thy face his gior>, 
Thy life his love, ihy lips his praise shall tell. 

"Within the v&il — (or only as thou gazest 
Upoxi the matchless beauty of liis face 
Canst thou become a living revtiation 
Of hia great heart of love, hia untold grace. 

"Within the vail — his frapTaiice poured upon thee; 

Without thu vail, that fragrance shed abroad; 
Within die vail his Iiantl &hall tunc tJie music, 
Which sounds on eartK the praises of the Lord." 




When I was a boy there was a pond near my 
father's house. I would stand on the shore of that . 
pond and throw a stone out into the water and then 
watch the waves hi ever widening- circles move out 
from that center, till every part of the surface o£ the 

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ponil would Ik in motion. The waves would come 
tu the shore at my very feet and every little channel 
and inlet would lie moved hy the ripples. 

Sialktjt started circles and waves of blessing that 
are even now heating in the secret recesses and inlets 
of many human hearts. And I am led to iKlieve that 
every atom and molecule of water in that pond felt 
the impact of that stone. Only (iod and the record- 
ing^ angel can determine how much the whok body 
of Christ has l>een moved upon and benefitted by the 
tremendou.s prayer force generated by the Holy 
Sijirit in that prayer room at Sialkot. 

Native pastnr.s, teachers and evang^elists have gone 
home from these conventions with new zeal for Jefiu.s 
Christ and have influencefl thousand.^ of lives in then" 
many fields of lahor. 

Foreign mistiionaries. have had their lives deepened 
by visions of God. Letters and printed pages, like 
the aprons and handkerchiefs from Paul's body ^ have 
been sent probably to every country on earth to bring 
healing; to the faint-hearted, and direction and en- 
couragement to those desiring to enter the prayer 
life, I am assured that tens of thousands have been 
born into the kingdom Ijecause of the soul travail 
at Sialkot. Myriads will one day rise up to thank 
God that two or three men in North India in the 
name of Jehovah .said, "Let us have a convention at 
Sialkot !" 

England Again 

The meeting and visit in Calcutta occurred in the 
fall or winter following the 1910 Sialkot Convention. 
The next .sprhig, March, 1911, John Hyde started 
home as the physician^ would say a ''dying man. ' 
He had arrived ill India hi the autumn of 1892, less 

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than twenty years tie(or<i. I! ill siin'ly tlwy were 
nineteen liemitiful years ! 

When he arrived in England, he went to visit s<ime 
friends In Wales, intending later to attend the Kes- 
wick Convention. While in Wales he heard that Dr. 
J. Wilbur Cllajiman and Mr. Charle.'i M. Alexan(fcr, 
on their world-wide evangelistic tour, were holding a 
meeting at Shrewsbury. With two of his friends l)c 
went to the opening of this campaign. During the 
first stay of three days a friend writes: "We greatly 
enjoyed the .wrvices, but we realized that there was 
some great hindrance, and this was felt especially at 
th^ meeting for ministers." 

"After that service we saw that the burden had 
come npon Mr. Pfyde, and as we were leaving the 
next day he asked whether we could engage his room 
at the hotel for the following week. He was preach- 
ing on tiK Smiday at another place ; but he uitended 
returning early Monday morning to take up the bur- 
den of prayer fur Shrewsbury. To those who knew 
him, it was apparent that the load was weighing very 
heavily upon him. The faraway gaze, the remaik- 
aljiy sweet pathetic pained expression, the loss of ap- 
petite, the sleepless nights, all went to prove this." 

Here is Dr. Ch.apman's letter ; 

"God has been graciously near to us iu all these 
long journeys around the world, and wc have learned 
some things which have increased our faith. First, 
more than ever before we believe in the Bible as the 
authentic Word of God. 

"Second: We believe in prayer as never before. 
I have learned some great lessons concerning prayer. 
I know that all grejit revivals are born of prayer. 
At one of our missions in England the audience was 
extremely small — results seemed inipossililc — but I 

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received a note saying that an .'Vmerican missionary 
was coming to the town and was going to pray fkitJ's 
blessing down upon our work. He wa.s known as 
'The fraying Hyde.' Almost instantly the tide 
turned. The hall was packed, and my first ilwitation 
meant fifty men for Jesus Christ. As we were leav- 
ing I said: 'Mr. I-fyde, f want you to pray for me,' 
He came to my room, turned the key in the door, 
dropiied on his knees, waited live minutes without a 
single syllable coming from his lips, f could hear 
my own heart thiunping aiul his Ijeating. f felt the 
hot tears running down my face, f knew I was with 
Goti. Then with upturned face, down which tlie tears 
were sircaniing, he said : 'Oh God !' Then for five 
minutes at least, he was still again, and then wheii 
he knew he was talking with God his arm w'ent 
around my shoulder antl there came up from the 
depth of his heart such petitions for men as f had 
never heard before. I rose from my knees to know 
what real prayer was. We believe that prayer is 
mighty and we believe it as we never did before." 

Mr. Charles M. Alc.'tander related to Mr. Hyde's 
sister Mary further particulars about this meeting. 
Not only did Dr. Chapman meet John Hyde, but Mr. 
Ale.xander w^as present also. And the three of them 
spent almost the whole day in conference about the 
meeting. Then later the other workers were called 
in, and a long time was spent in prayer. After that 
the Spirit was present in the meetings in such power 
that all barriers were broken down and sinners were 
crying for mercy and being saved all over the house. 

Mr. Hyde had a helper in intercession furnished 
him hi the person of Mr. Davis of the Pocket Tes- 
tament League, and the two, lieing kindred spirits, 
became very friendly. 

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Mr. Hyde remained there tor a whole week and 
then went Ijack to his friends in Wales. The follow- 
ing day he was seriously ill and cotild scarcely speali, 
hut lie smiled and whispered: "Tlie burden of 
Shrewsbury was very heavy, but my Saviour's bur- 
den took him down to the grave," 

Tlie manner in wllich John Hyde prayed as re- 
ferred to in tlie above quotation — that is of pausing 
between petition.s or expressions is also referred to 
by another writer : "Right on his face on the gro\md 
is 'Praying Hyde'— tliis was his favorite attitude 
for prayer. Listen I he is praying-, he utters a peti- 
tion, and then waits, in a little time he repeats it, 
and then waits, and tins many tinie.4 until we feel 
tliat that [letition has penctr.ated every fibre of our 
nature and we feel assured that God has hear<] and 
without doubt He will answer. How well f remeni- 
!ier him praying that we might open our mouth wide 
that He miglit fill it (Psa. 8i : lo). 1 think he re- 
peated the word 'wide' scores of times with long 
pau.scs Ijetween. 'Wide, Lord, wide, open wnde, 
wide.' How effectual it was to hear him address 
Cod, 'O Father, Father.' " 

A lady who was for years a missionary in India 
writes to The Remembrancer, "t remeniter, during 
one of the Juhblepore Conventions at the noon-tide 
prayer meeting I wai; kneeling near to hint, and can 
never forget how I was thrilled ivith a feeUng I 
cannot descrilie as he pleaded in prayer: 'Jesus — 
Jfjtij — Jesus!' It seemed as if a baptism of !D\e 
and power came over me, and my soni was hum- 
bled in the dust before the Lord, I had the privi- 
le|;e of meeting Mr. Hyde again in England, 
when on his way to America, How his influence 
still lives." 

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Home at Last 

"And (he (oils of t:ic road will ^t-t-m nntliing. 
When we come to the end of the way." 

John Hyde arrived in New York, August 8, igii. 
He went at once to Clifton Springs, N. Y. His pur- 
pose was to obtain relief from a severe headache 
from which he had suffered tnuch before leaving 
India. A tumor soon develoix:d which when oper- 
atcd on became midignant and was pronounced by 
the physician to be sarcoma, for which as yet medical 
science has found no remedy. He rallied from this 
operation, and on DecemlKr 19 went to his sister 
-^the wife of Prof, E. H. Mensel at Northampton, 
Mass. 

But soon after New Year's he began to have pains 
in his back ami .side. He thought it was rheumatism, 
but tlie physician knew it was the dreaded sarcoma 
again. 

He pas.sed away February 17, igi2. His body 
was taken by his brother \A'ill Hyde and his sister 
Mary lack to the old home at Carthage, Illinois, and 
the funeral was held in the church where his father 
was tor .seventeen years the pastor. At the time of 
Joint's funeral the Rev. J, F, Young, his classmate, 
was pastor of the home church and preached at the 
funeral, it was my privilege to assist in the service 
and to stand on the platform and look down into the 
casket at that dear, dear face. He was greatly ema- 
ciated, but it was the same sweet, peaceful, gentle yet 
strong, resolute face that I had known in 1901, — ^the 
last time T saw him alive. 

Tliat F''ebruary the 20tli w'as cloudy and chill 
and gloomy as ont in beanti ful Moss Ridge we ten- 
derly laid him beside his fatliur and liis mother and 

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liis brother Ecinnind. But I know that by and by the 
clouds and the shadows will flee away, the chill and 
gloom of the grave be dispelled, and that man ot 
prayer and praise come forth in the likeness of the 
Risen Son of God ! 

Holiness Unto the Lord 

As I have carefully and prayerfully g^oiie over the 
facts and incidents and experience-s in the life of my 
dear friend, I am hiipressed that the one great char- 
acteristic of John Hyde was holiness. T do not rneti 
tian prayerfulness now, for prayer was his lifework. 
I do not especially call attention to soul-winning, for 
his power as a soul-wirmer was due to his Christ- 
likeness. God saySj "Without holiness no man shall 
see the Lord;" and we may scrJpturally say without 
holiness no man shall be a great soul-winner. Mr. 
Hyde himself said in substance, "Self must not only 
be dead but buried out of sight, for the stench of the 
unburied self-life will frighten souls away from 
Jesus." 

It does not seem that John Hyde preached much 
about his own personal experience of sane tificat ion, 
but he lived the sanctified life. His life preached. 
Just as he did not say very much about prayer. He 
prayed. His life was a witness to the power of 
Jesus* Blood to cleanse from all sin. 

Head these testimonip.s that have come to me from 
a number of sources. Further search would no doubt 
reveal scores of other witncsiies to the saintliness of 
thi.s beloved servant of Jesus Christ, and man of 
prayer. 

From 3 publication in this country: "The Bishop 
of Oxford says of personal holiness; There is no 

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power in the world so irrepressible as the power o^ 
personal holiness. A man's gifts may lack oppor^ 
tunity, his efforts ]je mi sounder stood and resistedj but 
the spiritual power c)f a consecrated will needs no 
opporttuiity and can enter where doors are shut. In 
this strange anti tangled business of human life there 
is no energy that so steadily does its work as the 
mysterious, unconscitjus, siilent, unobtrusive, impene- 
trable influence which comes from a man who has 
done with all self-seeking. And herein lay John 
Hyde's mystical power and great infliience. Multi- 
tudes have Ijeen brought to their knees by prayer he 
uttered when filled with tlic Spirit.' '' 

This from a letter written to Mr. Hyde's sister, 
"If ever there was a godly man, forgetful of himself 
and devoted to the Master's service, your brother 
was that one." 

A native of India, "The marvelous spirituality of 
Mr. Hyde had for some time lieen so great tliat all 
who saw it were filled with wonder,'* These wortls 
are by a missionary in India : "His loss will be sadly 
felt in this country, especiallv liv the Indian Chris- 
tians. He was one of the holiest men I have ever 
know]ij and his life exerted a great influence." 

One of his classmates writes, *'No saint of the 
church was ever beyond him in holine^sS. tie verily 
gave his life for Christ and India." 

Another missionary in India wrote, "He revealed 
a Christ-possessed prayer-life. He talked with Christ 
as with a friend, spending hours with him. His in- 
most being was made radiant by Christ's abiding 
presence, and whcreever he went Christ was re- 
vealed." 

The Indian Witness says this : "He has had a very 
remarkable influence in the Indian Church. A year 

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ago last autumn his addresses at the SialWot Conven- 
tion produced a proioui]d impression. He was an 
acceptable speaker in Urdu, Punjabi and in English 
and it was always the man of holiness and power 
back of an address which made it indeed a message." 

Another India missionary writes, "He had become 
a real prophet of God. He was truly one who spoke 
for God. Thoiightftil men would sit for hours dur- 
ing a day hstenitig to his wonderful exposition of 
truth, as lie slowly, quietly, and clearly set forth what 
the Spirit of God had taught him from His Word." 

Kot oniy was his the word of a prophet, but his 
life had been sanctified by tlie truth. One day a mis- 
sionary was talking to a youjig Hintlu who had be- 
come acquainted with Mr. Hyde, when the Hindu 
said : "Do you know. Sir, that Mr. Hyde seems to me 
like God." He was not far from the truth, for in a 
sense unknown to his Hindu understanding this man 
had become an incarnation. I quote from a postal 
card written by John to his sister while he was at 
Clifton Springs, N. Y„ dated October 27th, 191 1, 
"Am slill in \xd or wheel chair getting a fine rest 
and doing a lot of the ministry of intercession, anil 
having not a few opportunities of personal Avork. 
How the radiance of holiness shorn out in Jesus' 
every H'oril and deed!" ^'cs, dear heart, and we 
can truthfully and revercnily say. "How the radi- 
ance of holiness shone out in John Hyde's every 
word and dcecL" 

A cry of anguish and a song of praise. 

The Twenty-second Psalm 

I am grateful to God tliat in a letter to John's sister 
Mary has been pre5er%'ed the following exposition 

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and conmient on this wonderful Messianic psalm. 
I am adding the full text of the Psahn where he has 
given only the reference to verses. I have changed 
a lillle the arrangeiuent, but the notes are from the 
hand ot dear John liimsclf, 
Psahn 22 ; 

Verses 1-2: "My God, my God, why hast thou 
forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping 
me, and from the words of my groaning? O my 
God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not-; and 
in the night season, and am not silent." 

David is here praying in some deep and terrible 
trial, but the prayer is of agony — experience so real 
and awful as to reveal to David Christ's prayer. 
Jesus in the awful agony and desolation on the cross 
used the words of the fir.st verse. God seemed to 
answer in these words: "For a small moment have 
I hid my face from thee, but with everlasting kind- 
ness will I gather thee." Here in these verses are 
the sufJerings of the lost and tlie victory of the saved. 
The Spirit of Clirisf in David witnessed deafly the 
sufferings of Chrisi ami (lie glory that should follow. 

This prayer in verse I is the cry, the voice of the 
.sufferings of hell, but by a person with tlie praise of 
heaven in his heart. 

Verses 3-5 ; "But thou art holy, O thou that in- 
habitest the praises of Israel, Our fathers trusted 
in thee: They trusted, and thou didst deliver them. 
They cried unto thee, and were delivered. Thev 
trusted in thee, and were not put to shame." This 
man was a Jew, and said "Onr fathers." 

Verses 6-R: "But I am a worm, and no man, 
A reproach of men, and despised of the people. All 
they that see me laugh me to scorn. They shoot out 
the lip, they slialie the head, saying. Commit thyself 

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nnto Jehovah, let liini deliver him. Let him rescue 
him, seeing he deligiitetli in him." 

Here he is taking the sinner's place and enduring 
what came to him on the Cross of Calvary, The 
sinner's place and reproach, yet himself without sin. 

Verses 9-11 : "But thou art he that took me out 
o{ the womb; Thou didst make me to trust when 
I wa.^; upon my mother's breasts. I was cast upon 
thee from the womb, Thou art my God since my 
mother bare me. Be not far froni me; for trouble 
is near. Por there is none to help.'' Here is "trust." 
He says, "JMy God." Here i.s the right in himself 
to be helped — no cry for mercy — just help which 
is his by rigiit — the sinless Christ. Yet in his great- 
est sufferings, "There is none to help." 

Ver.ses 13-15: "Many bulls liaA'e compassed me; 
strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. They 
gape upon me with their mouth, as a ravening and 
a roaring lion. I am poured out lilce water, and all 
my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, it 
is melted ivithin me. My strength is dried up like 
a potsherd, and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws, and 
thou hast brought me iuto the dust of death.'' Sur- 
rounJed .by enemies and by fiercest adversaries 
brought into "the dust of deatlt" — still unhelped, 
God has become as it were his adversary : "Yet it 
plea.sed the Lord to bruise him, he hath put him to 
grief." (Isa. 53 : 10.) 

"Verses 16-1S: *'For dogs have compassed nie: 
A company of evil-doers inclosed me. They pierced 
my hand^ and my feet. I may count all my bones. 
They looli and stare upon me. They part my gar- 
ments among them, and upon my vesture do they cast 
lots." 

What a picture of the cross ! "I may tell all my 
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bones." How this tells of three years — yes, a hfe- 
time, but especially of three years of sorrow over 
our, my, sin, of prayer and fasting and watching, 
sometimes whole nights; and then days and nights 
of work^teaching, healing, preaching, and of grief 
as tie saw sin and its hold and havoc — as he saw the 
weaknesses and sins of God's own disciples ! 

"Tliey look and stare upon me." How this tells 
of a human soul, sensitive and shrinking from the 
gaxe of men. This tells of the indignities heaped 
upon him which only the most refined and holy can 
feel in all their power ! 

It tells too of astonishment ; "Many were aston- 
ished at thee — his visage was so marred more than 
any man, and his form more than the sons of men" 
(Isa. 52 : 14). They were surprised, he was so 
emaciated and worn. How this all tells of his sorrow 
over sin. "Whose sorrow is like unto my sorrow ?" 
"Oh! thou Man of Sorrow!" 

Verses 19-21: "But Ik not thou far ofl^, O Je- 
hovah ; O thou my succor, haste thee to help me. 
Deliver my soul from the sword, my darling from 
the power of the dog. Save me from the lion's 
mouth. Yea. from the liorns of the wild-oxen thou 
hast answered me." 

Here again is a cry for help unheard, yet in faith 
heard. Thou hast '"an.sw^ered me. " "It is hnished," 
"Into thy hands I commend my spirit.'' 

Here end these wonderful notes except that he 
points out that in the remaining verses, 23-31, are 
revealed "The glory that shall follow." 

These words have been wonderfully blessed of 

God in giving me a new vision of the Lamb slain 

from the foundation of the world, who is worthy 

"to receive power, and riches, and wisdom and might, 

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and honor, and glory, and blessing" (Rev. 5 : 12). 
And dieii it lias seenwtl to mc that in no other 
writings have I seen such a likeness of the dear 
brother himseli. 1 have said, "John Hyde has here 
unconsciously given us a portrait of John Hyde." 

Victory 

"The last enemy thai sliall he destroyed is Death" 
(i Cor. 15:26), John Hyde had faced tile enemy 
too many times in going over into "No Mall's Land'' 
to rescue the dying to he frightened when the last 
awful encounter took place that February day in 
Igi2. When John Hyde was in Eiijjland Mr. 
Charles M. AIe.xander took him to his own dcjctor 
and then a consultation with two other physicians 
was held. The doctor then endeavored to impress 
Mr, Hyde with the seriousness of his condition. Mr. 
Alexander listened to the conversation. Surely Mr. 
Hyde understood that really he was then in a dying 
condition. Both Mr, Alexander and the doctor were 
amazed at Mr, Hyde's perfect composure. He had 
long ago ceased to fear death, and for hiiu to depart 
and be with Christ wa.=^ far better. 

I am per.^uaded that no words of mine could fit- 
tingly bring this sketch to a close. But the descrip- 
tion I am usinf; is from the pen of Dr, W. B. Ander- 
son in Tlie Men's Record and Missionary Review 
(United Presbyterian, ) Dr. Anderson was for some 
years himself a missionary in India and was chair- 
man of tlie committee that established the Sialkot 
Convention. He was well acquainted with dear John 
Hyde. He writes : "He went a long way into the 
suffering of India and he Iiad desperate encounters 
with her foe for her deliverance. To hint who dares 



much in thi.s warfare God seems to give a wonderful 
vision of victory. 

"One day alxiut four years ago he wa.s talking of 
an ex])eriencc he had on a day of prayer that was 
lieing ohserved for India. He was speaking nitt- 
mately to intimate friends. He said: 'On the day of 
prayer God gave me a new experience. I seemed to 
be away above our conflict here in the Punjab and 
I saw God's great battle in ail India, and then away 
out beyond in China, Japan, and Africa. I saw how 
we ha<i been thinking in narrow circles of our own 
countries and in our own denonii nations, ami how 
God wns now rapidly joining force to force and hue 
to line and all was beginning to be one great struggle. 
Tlial. to me, means the great triumph of Christ. We 
do not dare any longer to figlit without the conscious- 
ness of this great world battle In whicli we are en- 
gaged. ^ 

" 'We must exercise the greate.st care to lie utterly 
obedient to Him who .sees all the battle field all the 
time. It is only He who can put each man in the 
place where his life can count for the most.' Alxjve 
all the strife of battle he could see the great Coni- 
nianiler whom he i\'as following so implicitly. 

"When the word came to tis in India that after 
severe suffering in America, he had been called 
Home, it seemed to mc that I could hear something 
of an echo of the shout of victory as he entered into 
the King's presence. Then the next word that came 
was that he had died with the words upon his lips : 
■/?o/, Yisu' Masth, Ki JnH' ('Shout, the victory of 
Jesus Christ !) 

"When 7 heard that I thought of that awful time 
in the life of our Lord when his foes were closing 
in about hini. He knew that the tune of his sacrifice 

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was near. Just before him lay the desertion of his 
disciples, and Gethsemane and Calvary. Yet in that 
hour he said, 'Be of good cheer, 1 have overcome 
the world.' Then I remembered the days and nights 
when Mr. Hyde had struggled in India for those 
bound by sin, and that after hours of agony he had 
often risen with those about him to shout : 'Bol, Yisu' 
Masih ki jai,' until this has tecome the great war cry 
of the Punjab Church. As he sent that shout back 
to us from the presence of the great Victor, let us see 
to it that it rings throughout the whole world: 
'Shout, the victory of Jesus Christ.' " 

In Jehovah's Name, Amen ! 



Additional material regarding the life and ministry of 
John Hyde has been published in more extended book 
form by missionary friends in India. The book is entitled, 
"A Present-Day Challenge to Prayer: Memoirs of the 
Life of Praying Hyde," and copies may he obtained from 
The Sunday School Times Company, lOU Walnut St., 
Philadelphia, Pa., at sixty cents each, postpaid. 



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